fiddler crab


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fiddler crab

n.
Any of various burrowing crabs of the genus Uca of coastal areas, the male of which has one greatly enlarged claw.

fiddler crab

n
(Animals) any of various burrowing crabs of the genus Uca of American coastal regions, the males of which have one of their anterior pincer-like claws very much enlarged
[C19: referring to the rapid fiddling movement of the enlarged anterior claw of the males, used to attract females]

fid′dler crab`


n.
any small burrowing crab of the genus Uca, characterized by one greatly enlarged claw in the male.
[1700–10, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fiddler crab - burrowing crab of American coastal regions having one claw much enlarged in the malefiddler crab - burrowing crab of American coastal regions having one claw much enlarged in the male
crab - decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers
genus Uca, Uca - fiddler crabs
Translations
سرطان صَغير
krab bojovný
vinkekrabbe
intõrák
veifukrabbi
krab bojovný
iri kıskaçlı yengeç

fiddler crab

nWinkerkrabbe f

fiddle

(ˈfidl) noun
1. a violin. She played the fiddle.
2. a dishonest business arrangement. He's working a fiddle over his taxes.
verb
1. to play a violin. He fiddled while they danced.
2. (with with) to make restless, aimless movements. Stop fiddling with your pencil!
3. to manage (money, accounts etc) dishonestly. She has been fiddling the accounts for years.
ˈfiddler noun
fiddler crab
a small crab, the male of which has an enlarged claw.
on the fiddle
dishonest. He's always on the fiddle.
References in periodicals archive ?
The fiddler crab genus Uca is a well-known group of brachyuran crabs, characterized by having strong sexual dimorphism and male asymmetry (Rosenberg, 2001).
Night herons creep along the mangrove edge, looking for a fiddler crab or some other seafood treat.
Coauthor Patricia Backwell, also at Australian National University, described the behavior in an Australian fiddler crab in 2004.
Other crab species were caught in much smaller numbers and included the Atlantic rock crab Cancer irroratus, the European green crab Carcinus maenas, Say's mud crab Dyspanopeus sayi, and the fiddler crab Uca pugnax.
Relative growth of the fiddler crab Uca rapax (Smith) (Crustacea: Decapoda: Ocypodidae) in a tropical lagoon (Itaipu), southeast Brazil.
Breeding season and molt cycle of the fiddler crab Uca rapax (Brachyura: Ocypodidae) in a subtropical estuary, Brazil, South America.
Similar moxie shows up in a study of an Afro-Asian species of fiddler crab known to take a short cut to regrowing a lost claw.
It was the gurgling of a million tiny rivers, the leading edge of an advancing sheet of tidewater, parting, rejoining, permeating the matted swards of saltwort and sea purslane, flushing out the fiddler crab holes.
Go with al/O circle hook baited with a fiddler crab, a small bit of fresh shrimp, barnacles, clams, or oysters dropped by seawalls and pilings.
Daily and tidal patterns of activity in individual fiddler crab (genus Uca) from the Woods Hole region.